Sarfaraz set to be demoted in PCB’s new central contracts list

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to demote their 2017 Champions Trophy winning captain, Sarfaraz Ahmed from category ‘A’ to ‘C’ in the new central contracts, to be given to the players in August. According to details, the Board has also decided against reducing the central contract retainers or match fees for the […]

BCCI all set to form ad-hoc body to run Delhi cricket

NEW DELHI: Without a president and its secretary in jail, the controversy and corruption-ridden Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) is set to be directly governed by the BCCI through an ad-hoc committee. The BCCI has already stopped DDCA’s annual grant and there has been a discussion to put an ad-hoc body in place during […]

Mental conditioning coach should constantly be with team: Dhoni

CHENNAI: His ice cool demeanour is the stuff of legends but former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has no qualms conceding that he is not immune to pressure and fear. Dhoni, lending support to MFORE — an initiative offering mind conditioning programs to achieve peak performance in sports –, offered his perspective on the issue […]

Shoaib Akhtar keen on becoming India bowling coach; says can groom faster, more aggressive pacers

New Delhi: Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar says he is interested in becoming India’s bowling coach if there is an offer, asserting that he is capable of grooming “more aggressive, fast and talkative” pacers. Akhtar expressed his willingness in an interview on social networking app ‘Helo’. Asked if he would like to be associated with […]

Sports ministry invites nominations for National Sports Awards via e-mail

NEW DELHI: The Sports Ministry on Tuesday told aspirants for this year’s National Sports Awards to e-mail their nominations in view of the lockdown to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, as it began the process for selecting the multiple honours, including the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna. The process, which usually begins in April, was pushed […]

Warne suggests weighted ball to solve shining dilemma

MELBOURNE: Australian spin legend Shane Warne has offered a unique answer to the question of how to swing the ball without using saliva or resorting to tampering in a post COVID-19 world — make one side of it heavier to ensure that it doesn’t need any shining. Warne feels it can help fast bowlers generate […]

Would be devastating if India don’t tour Australia: Labuschagne

SYDNEY: Top Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne on Monday said he and his team would be “pretty devastated” if India don’t tour Down Under later this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. India’s tour of Australia will begin with a T20I tri-series in October and is scheduled to end with a four-match Test series in December. […]

Players fixed before and after me, I deserved another chance: Mohammad Asif

NEW DELHI: Tainted former Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif says neither he was the first nor would be the last to have indulged in spot-fixing and should have been treated better by his country’s cricket board, which gave “everyone a second chance” except for him. Asif was banned for seven years for his role in […]

Mushtaq Ahmed advises Yuzvendra Chahal to use the crease more

NEW DELHI: Yuzvendra Chahal is among the leading leg spinners in world cricket but he can be more effective with better use of the crease, says former Pakistan spinner Mushtaq Ahmed. Ahmed, who has coached all around the world and is currently a consultant for his native team, said India’s ability to take wickets in […]

Makes sense to postpone World T20 if there isn’t enough preparation time: Jason Roy

LONDON: Feeling like a kid again, England batsman Jason Roy can’t wait to get back on the cricket field but says it would make sense to postpone the T20 World Cup in October-November if teams don’t get enough time to prepare for the mega event. All cricketing activities have come to a halt due to […]